Julie Miller Investment Art Institute © 2016
Robyn Field has spent many years on the Joburg arts scene, chiefly as owner and curator of Unity
Gallery from 2003-
Between the cracks of her involvement in the Jozi creative scene, she created her own art, much of which was abstract in nature, featuring heavy, pattered used of waste materials such as computer circuit boards and the ring pulls from tin cans (among other things).
Field shifted gears in 2013 and started working seriously on her own art. She has emerged with work that digs into the often crazy heart of South African society, while always maintaining her signature use of colour.
Joburg fine artist Robyn Field lashes South Africa's social issues with bold, ironic colours in her new work, showcased at the Mall of Africa on the 29th of September...
“At the moment social media features conceptually and visually in some of my work because public discourse in 2016 is just so bizarre -
Fittingly, Field's colours feel digital. Shockingly digital, in some cases. Actually, there isn't a mouse or a screen in sight in her creative process. Instead, she works with layers of paint, ink and charcoal on canvas -
“I've always been obsessed with colour and pattern,” she explains. “These have always been a feature of my art in some way, and I guess this has carried on in the new work, just with a more literal, narrative approach. It's been good fun, and cathartic to get well away from screens and pixels. I use traditional materials as a form of personal meditation, I guess.”
So, how does it feel to be stepping away from curating, careers and the business of art, after so many years working behind the scenes?
“It's great, actually,” she says. “I've really enjoyed just focusing on art, and leaving everything else behind. I'm lucky in that I get to see a lot of the people I've worked with through the years at August House, so the relationships are still there, but without the hell of running an organisation or managing teams!”
Robyn Field's art will be showcased at the Julie Miller Investment Art Institute, Mall of Africa, from the 29th September to the 13th October 2016.
Field, who is now based at the August House studios in the Joburg CBD, has responded to South Africa's frenzied public debate with a collection of beautiful and brightly absurd images featuring titles like Fist on the Move, Take Your Shit and Go, United Decisive Action and From Those Fabulous Folk Who Brought You Apartheid.
“It's a very highly charged time at the moment,” she says. “I struggle to process a lot of what's going on, and art offers me another way to reflect on things. Personally, I prefer creating paintings to listening to political debates or reading opinion pieces, which can become like a long trip into the echo chamber.”
In United Decisive Action, for example, Field has created an apocalyptic city scape -
View the full album from the opening exhibition below
The crazy Beauty of being South African
|Buhle Wonder Mbambo|
|Gerhard Van Vuuren|
|The Introduction Series Artists|
|Margie van der Walt|
|Louis Chanu Exhibition Launch|
|Mall of Africa opens a window|
|Moving with the land | Senzo Shabangu|
|Joburg fine artist Robyn Field exhibits at the Julie Miller Investment Art Institute|
|The Introduction Series Launch - Giggs Kgole|
|Introduction Series Edition II Kyra Pape|
|Karin Abedian exquisite ceramic|
|Unveiling of Paul Blomkamp's 4.2m x 4.2m Mandela portrait|
|Audrey Rudnick solo feature exhibition|